2724 Tasting Notes


Sample sipdown of the day from Upton….

I’ve had this tea for a few months now so it’s good that I’m finishing off the package. This is very flavorful with tangy and smoke notes in the finish. A bit like a baby lapsang but a little rough around the edges for me. If I had more of this, I would probably try steeping it for less time but I followed the instructions on the bag. It’s a good thing there are so many teas in the world so we can all find the ones we really love :)

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Tea of the morning here in a pyramid sachet. It’s difficult to believe I am the first person to log this particular blend.

When it comes to ceylons, I am a bit fussy. I’m not a big fan of this (Sorry Steven Smith). The flavor seems kind of muddy and brisk and if I am drinking a plain ceylon, I like them to be more flavorful and fruity. I believe this might be the base for their Lord Bergamot, which I do like. It just doesn’t do a whole lot for me when it’s plain. Perhaps I will try this as an iced tea before I give up on it. I’ve had it a couple of times prior and it’s just a solid “meh” for me.

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I thought I would try this iced since I have a whole box of it. I actually like this better than most other decaf black teas I’ve tried, which is surprising given the price. I steeped this up with a bit of dried lemon peel, but then decided to add some fresh lemon juice along with the ice. It’s pretty good this way.

I filled out an online job application for a job I really want but am not remotely qualified for. I guess I might as well apply but I don’t think there’s a good chance that anyone reads these things once they’ve been uploaded to a database somewhere. sigh


Good luck!


thank you… I think my chances are practically zero..lol

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I ordered a few FF darjeeling samples from Happy Earth Tea this year. I don’t know what my problem is but I haven’t felt that motivated to drink them. I may have gotten burnt out since the huge darjeeling binge I went on in 2012… :)

I like my darjeelings to be brewed at temps well below boiling, I think this helps to keep them from getting too bitter for me. I think that was a good decision for this one. It seems nice and fruity, there is something wine like about it, and also it reminds me of pineapple. Doesn’t really need any additions, though it was really good with a tiny touch of coconut sugar, that helped to bring out more fruity quality. I am also getting peaches. This might be my favorite of the samples I’ve tried so far but I haven’t reviewed the others yet, hopefully soon. I might get some more samples from Happy Earth when the second flushes roll around. (note: I spoke to Happy Earth on Twitter and they said they weren’t able to get a lot of second flush due to lack of rain this year) I also like that these are organic and fair trade.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I only had a little bit of this left and I decided to finish it off. This is the 2013 tea so it obviously isn’t as good as it used to be (due to user error) but I am enjoying it this morning. It still has a flowery, buttery taste that is mild and lovely on this summery day. It’s a good thing Verdant doesn’t have more of this or I’d be tempted to order it again. ;-)

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Hong Jing Luo by thepuriTea
2724 tasting notes

Sample sipdown…

I’m finishing off this sample that I got from thePuritea who is sadly out of business now! The first time I tried this I steeped it for 5 minutes and it was definitely too strong. The instructions on the mini tin say to steep for 5 – 7 minutes. I don’t think I have ever steeped a tea for 7 minutes unless it was an herbal or a rooibos.

This time I tried it for 3 minutes and it still seems really strong. There is a definite tobacco/bitter note that I don’t really care for and I found myself reaching for the soymik in order to dilute the assertiveness of it. I can’t imagine having this tea steeped for 7 minutes, it would be totally undrinkable to me. Anyway, I am glad to be finishing off this sample and not at all upset that I can’t get more. It was definitely not a favorite of mine.

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I forgot about this until recently, it isn’t that memorable so maybe that’s why…. :-P

To me it still tastes mostly like plain rooibos with no caramel or candy. Just because of this I can’t give it a high rating but it’s alright if you have low expectations. Nothing I do seems to make it come to life. This is one tea I actually like with a wee bit of stevia added, however.

Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
2724 tasting notes

I am done with this for now. It isn’t something I would have chosen for myself, but it came in one of Lupicia’s grab bags and I was surprised that I liked it at all. It’s nice when it’s cold brewed, and with some extra ice added, great for warm weather. I doubt I will be buying it again, however.

Flavors: Cantaloupe

Iced 8 min or more

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A very pleasant afternoon cuppa. I’ve had this tea for a while but I have no idea why. Some teas I drink a ton of and others I do not. Straight blacks are the ones I consume most often in the morning time. Flavored blacks I drink more often in the afternoon and since I’ve been trying to cut down a bit on the caffeine, maybe that’s one reason this has been languishing a bit. A good tea if you like grape flavors.

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I am grumpy this morning as there has been construction going on in the building across the street, Hammering noises for about 12 hours a day, every day. Even on the weekend! Argh. Luckily music seems to blot out some of it, but I might need to go to the library later to get some reading done.

Anyway this is an amazing tea… one of my favorites. I’ve already written a few tasting notes on it. This morning it reminds me of freshly baked dark bread and roasted sweet potatoes. How can it be so incredibly delicious? Yum. I should pay a visit to Red Blossom Tea soon but I can’t really afford them right now, lol!

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Cameron B.

I’m grumpy, too! High five! :P


grumpy gals unite! ;-)

Cameron B.

Post Office did nothing to make me less grumpy… Hah.


Love the Red Blossom! Sorry about the construction noise though.

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty


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